I am not sure what they all mean or even what they all are, what I do know is that certain things grab our attention and make themselves present when we need to see them in our lives. For instance, in the past couple of months, I have had a funeral procession drive by me about six times. I don’t remember the last time this happened in my life but for some reason it is happening now. It has happened the last two days in a row. I know this means something, I can feel it intuitively and I am almost afraid to connect with what it can truly mean.
And, I sit with this not knowing.
Additionally, there have been quite a few individuals that have taken their lives in the last month and some that have passed suddenly and unexpectedly and this too, I sit with….I sit with the horror, the pain, the devastation, the silence………and the release.
Death is such a peculiar thing, it is so mysterious. We avoid or deny that all things come to an end. It is one of those things that is hard to hold in our heads, so we don’t. We avoid talking about it and thinking about it, who really wants to talk about death? Much less, who wants to think about all of their loved ones in time will pass, themselves included. We will all come to an end.
I ask you, when that time comes, will you have lived? Will you have loved? Will you have followed your dreams? Will you have walked to the edge?
Will you have lived your one wild and precious life?
My hope for you is that you answer yes. Open your eyes to the messengers...they are indeed all around us.
Melissa Hedlund, MCAT, ATR-BC, LCPC, is Executive Director & Co-Founder of The Light of The Heart and President of the Illinois Art Therapy Association.